Spirea Van Houette, a deciduous shrub with delicate white blooms, is often used as an accent plant in a home's front yard. The bloom's white petals and yellow centers cluster on new growth and cover the bush from April through May. Even when the flowers fade, the shrub's blue-green leaves are coarse and serrated, maintaining a decorative interest. The leaves turn purple in the autumn. A highly textured plant, it is also called bridal wreath, mainly for the time and purity of its bloom. The 5 to 8 foot tall bush's branches arch downward in a gentle sweep and should be pruned immediately after blossoms fade to ensure a rush of new blooms the following spring. Spirea Van Houette does best in full sun, though it can tolerate partial shade. The plant will survive slight drought conditions, but does best when watered regularly and sited in well-draining soils. It does not do well in moist environments. Spirea Van Houette is frequently seen in landscapes, where it is situated alongside foundations and borders. When planting the bush alongside fence lines or porches, be aware that this fast growing plant can spread up to 10 feet when fully mature, with some gardeners reporting Spirea that have spread up to 20 feet. To avoid disease, make certain the area is well aerated and do not water at night. A member of the rose family, Spirea is hardy to USDA zones 3 through 8, but unlike roses, it does not require winter protection. Additionally, it tolerates deer and is a relatively low maintenance plant. Some landscapers use the dense shrub as a low-lying windbreak. During the winter months, Spirea Van Houette's branches provide a haven for winter songbirds. If you are looking for an elegant border specimen, then a Spirea Van Houette is a good choice for your garden or front entrance.